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    [Tdol's Blog] Nova

    Nova



    When I was living in Japan, it was virtually impossible to avoid Nova advertising; they were all over the subway, in my newspaper and on TV. For the last few months, the company, the largest of the eikaiwa schools in Japan, has been in free-fall, ever since they got into trouble over their refund policies. The company now seems to be in its death throws.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Nova

    What ? I am very surprise, because I saw NOVA on the site.
    Yes, NOVA is a famous, also infamous, school in Japan.
    I never studied one. The reason is there are many troubles with customers.

    If I selected NOVA, I couldn't speak and write English well.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Nova

    Irrelevantly, this reminds me of the renaming of the Vauxhall Nova for the Spanish market, in which a car called 'it doesn't go' was thought to be unwise.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Nova

    I've nothing good to say about NOVA or for that matter any eikaiwa operating in Japan. I've taught in South Korea, in China, and in Japan for 6 years, and I can tell you from first hand experience that English is NOT acquired in the latter country. It's learned, unused, learned again, forgotten, and basically it turns into a kind of communicative hobby, where language isn't the means nor the end, but a self-induced medium of torture for both the learner and the teacher. Let the eikaiwas free-fall! Leave language learning to the professionals.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Nova

    Quote Originally Posted by Yanagi Kazuo View Post
    What ? I am very surprise, because I saw NOVA on the site.
    Yes, NOVA is a famous, also infamous, school in Japan.
    I never studied one. The reason is there are many troubles with customers.

    If I selected NOVA, I couldn't speak and write English well.
    It's a huge topic- a huge chain about to go under, and one with a dreadful reputation.

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